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By Sara Morgan |

Subpoenas are a mechanism for obtaining discovery from non-party witnesses or organizations, usually in the form of documents or testimony.  During the course of a personal injury lawsuit, several rounds of subpoenas end up being issued by defense attorneys to obtain the medical and employment records of the plaintiff from medical providers and current… Read More »

Anesthesia Errors That Result in Death

By Sara Morgan |

 Anesthesia is a powerful sedative that can help patients through delicate medical procedures. Anesthesia, however, requires specialized training and is so powerful, misuse including life long disability brain damage and/or death could quickly result in devastating physical consequences for the patient. Unfortunately, these types of errors can occur (more often than we would hope)… Read More »

Medical Malpractice: An Overview

By Sara Morgan |

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured by negligent care or attention by a medical provider or  professional, such as a doctor, nurse, technician or staff member. The laws in regard to medical malpractice vary from state to state. The following is an overview of medical malpractice law along with its rules and… Read More »

Medical Malpractice, Did The Hospital Breach Its Duty?

By Sara Morgan |

One branch of medical malpractice targets hospitals and other medical facilities for breaching the standard of care.  Hospitals and other medical facilities have obligations to patients that are different than those owed by physicians.  These include, at a minimum, to “provide  procedures, policies, facilities, supplies, and qualified personnel reasonably necessary for the treatment of… Read More »


By Debbie Beals, Paralegal |

Part of the work that we do on Heiting & Irwin’s Workers’ Compensation team includes helping the injured worker understand the steps involved in the process of the ever-changing Workers’ Compensation system.  As I pass my 21st year working as a Worker’s Compensation paralegal, I realize one of the most important skills I have… Read More »


By Dennis Stout |

Under California law, children under the age of 18 (referred to as “minors”), are required to have their personal injury monetary settlements approved by the appropriate Court. A guardian ad litem (a person to investigate what solutions would be in the “best interests of a child”), is appointed by the Court to proceed with… Read More »

Who is Liable for Damages When a Car Accident is Caused by Road Debris?

By Richard Irwin |

Potholes. Debris in the road. Forgotten traffic cones and signs. Large pieces of furniture that were dumped by third parties but ignored by the state. There is no telling what you are going to run into when you are driving along the highway or interstate, which means that you may have very little, if… Read More »

Rideshare Accidents: What You Need to Know

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Uber and Lyft are more popular than ever, and more people are opting to support local drivers rather than big name taxi companies. While this is certainly great for small businesses and individual drivers, it does increase the risk of liability for these companies, as well as for individuals. Unfortunately, though ridesharing services may… Read More »


By Sara Morgan |

With each passing year it seems as if, despite the constraints of the California Workers’ Compensation system, we are able to settle many cases in the high six-figure, and at times, seven-figure range. This is in large part due to the nature of the injuries sustained by the injured worker (which are often considered… Read More »

Patient Safety Act on the California Ballot

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Doctors are around to care for our children, our family members, and us. But sometimes, they don’t take proper care and that can result in catastrophic injuries and sometimes even death. In 2003 two young California children, by the names of Troy and Lana Pack, were killed in a car crash caused by a… Read More »

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